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or sketch book

[skech-boo k]
  1. Also sketchpad. a book or pad of drawing paper for sketches.
  2. a book of literary sketches.
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Origin of sketchbook

First recorded in 1810–20; sketch + book

Sketch Book, The

  1. a collection of essays and stories (1819–20) by Washington Irving.
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Examples from the Web for sketch book

Historical Examples

  • Involuntarily she took up her sketch-book, and turned its leaves once more.


    Maurus Jokai

  • It was the face of which she had seen so many drawings in Cuthbert's sketch-book.

    A Girl of the Commune

    George Alfred Henty

  • The contents of the "Sketch-Book" display unusual versatility.

  • She was curiously examining a sketch-book when he returned with the coffee.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • "Yes, Master," said I, producing a sketch-book and preparing to tear out a leaf.

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke

British Dictionary definitions for sketch book


  1. a book of plain paper containing sketches or for making sketches in
  2. a book of literary sketches
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